Summary: Brit Hume of Fox News got it right: No one says "What in Allah's name is going on?" No one texts "OMB" for "Oh My Buddha." Because only Jesus' name has the power and punch behind it to matter. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.
The Only Name
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Jesus. It's the only name people take in vain. The only name people swear by. The only name which stirs up such hate and venom. The only name which produces love in the hearts of many who speak it. And it is the only name that can save us!
This week Brit Hume of Fox News spoke that name in recommendation to Tiger Woods, citing his need of forgiveness and a faith that offers it. It was a personal recommendation given because he was asked for his personal opinion. But oh what a firestorm of controversy it sparked!
No one says "What in Allah's name is going on?" No one texts "OMB" for "Oh My Buddha." These facts help to prove the case that Christianity is the truth, and all else is false. Because only Jesus' name has the power and punch behind it to matter.
The truth hurts and the truth helps, but it never is neutral. No one ever tells an enemy to 'go to purgatory' for there is no jab found in saying it...for there is no truth in that non existent place. They tell their enemy to 'go to hell' ... a place they supposedly don't believe exists!
For 2,000 years the name of Jesus has not just reformed alcoholics, but transformed them. Purified prostitutes / made liars tell the truth / turned haters into lovers / turned wife beaters into docile men / made whoremongers faithful / cleaned up cursing mouths / has saved souls from hell!
Every other religion on earth has this in common: their founder is today dead.
But I can say: “I serve a RISEN Savior." And that's why it's the only name!
Our church sign a couple weeks ago said, "Many will say 'Christ' mas more than usual." Did you understand that? It was a play on Christmas, as well as a Spanish pun - 'mas' = 'more'. Many who never name the name of Christ said it much more than usual leading up to December 25. It is a powerful name we cannot escape.
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
No one will escape that name!
You don't have to say God's name and then attach 'damn' after it to take God's name in vain. We take it in vain anytime we speak it flippantly in a way in which we are not talking about Him the way we are supposed to, reverently, in truth. Ever heard someone say, "Jesus Christ" and it is obvious they aren't honoring Him in saying it? Ever called down a person like that? I have.
If someone spoke your momma's name in disgust or in insult you would defend your mother...have you ever defended your Father in heaven?
You wanna put someone in their place kindly, but effectively? Do what I did once to a man who said “Jesus Christ” when he was upset because a line was moving slowly in a store. I said, “It’s not His fault, it’s theirs!” [pointing to the help at the register]. “Yeah, you’re right,” he admitted.